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When it comes to exercise, don’t put all your eggs in one basket

It’s been 32 days since I went for a run longer than 1km and 56 days since I ran without foot pain. I’m not actually counting, I just looked it up from Strava.

I remember that the last time I was injured, back in March 2012, I really struggled with not being able to run. I had tripped while running and hurt my knee, it took a long while heal and I felt that by not running I had lost my identity and my one opportunity to keep my body and mind active (= happy).

This time I’m not missing running.

The difference between then and now is that I have gradually grown to love other activities and running is no longer the only exercise I do.

In September 2012 I started Crossfit, a few years later I finally learned to swim front crawl, and I started bouldering and rock-climbing with all the boys in my family.

My fitness plate is full and overflowing.

I am looking forward to being able to run again, I LOVE running. But for the time being I ride a scooter to Crossfit 3-4 times a week. I can do most things there, I just substitute running and jumping with other things. Crossfit is amazing like that, whatever your skill level or your abilities, there’s a variation for every movement and workout.

Once a week I go climbing and once in a while I go swimming.

My body and my brain are happy. In fact I’ve been feeling great without running-tired legs – I’ve PBd my front squat, clean & jerk and push press. I’m back to the same level of rock climbing that I was before I took a break from it to train for last September’s marathon.

I haven’t yet gotten an appointment with the physio I was referred to, so I don’t know just how long I can’t run but I’m weirdly totally calm about and willing to just let time do the healing.

How do you handle injuries? What’s your plan B exercise if you can’t do your plan A exercise?

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    March 28, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I had a overtraining injury after runnning too much. Had to give up my plan to run my first marathon last year. After a month of feeling down, I could move on to plan C – mountainbiking I didn’t have time before. And grew to love it. Injured my knee, but fortunately it healed and by autumn I could run again
    And set a new 10K PR. Swimming used to be my A, then running, last year cycling and this year it is running again. Love different sports, but don’t have enough time to them all at the same time. I could get hooked on bouldering as well…
    And what really helped me was a The Science of Ultra podcast with Magdalena Boulet. She said that there’s always another race.
    Good luck!

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      Lina • Mind over Matter
      March 28, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Moutain biking scares me! Maybe I need to try it to get over the fear 😉 And I love the message that there’s always another race! I never race if I’m injured, I don’t care that I’ve paid. I’ve missed 2 races this year already, healing is more important.

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